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1998 Grizzly 600 starting issues
My father and I own a '98 Grizzly 600 and it has been great (except in sub -10F weather, we live in northern Alaska) but last year it became difficult to start at any temperature using the electric or pull start and this year is no different. I will be checking the battery today but the starter is turning over and emitting small puffs of light smoke, which seems to suggest that gas is getting to the motor and igniting (we just put in a new spark plug, but have not checked the gap). The same goes for the pull start. The odd thing is that if I tow the Grizzly at 3 to 5 mph in gear and tap the electric start button it starts right up. Once it is running it will idol, not great a few bobbles ( not backfires) and it is sluggish when we attempt to accelerate at speeds around 20 mph. I have pulled the front plastic, front rack and gas tank to begin checking for problems. So far the gas petcock fuel filters are clean and there doesn't seem to be any water in the tank or bad gas. I also pulled the carb but am running into problems getting the screws out. In fact the only screws I can get out are covering the throttle assembly and that's not much help. What I do know is that everything visible within the open chamber of the carb (butterfly valve, the other large black valve with a half moon cut out of the bottom, the walls, and all visible jets) are shinny clean. I'm stuck my next step is to recheck the battery's voltage order a new carb from ebay and.... Uh... I've got nothing. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I should mention that my father and I are novices at best but have access to tools and people more mechanically minded than us. Thanks GC members
Last edited by Na8953; 08-23-2012 at 06:32 PM.